Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton knows about self-care and spaces where you can relax. She's the founder and CEO of Chillhouse, a nail salon/spa/cafe that's "a destination for modern self-care" on the Lower East Side. Her business—which also includes goods for sale and a publication called The Chill Times—is all about providing a calming, recharging respite in the middle of a busy city. And the small West Village one-bedroom apartment she and her husband Adam share follows suit. Cyndi, a Queens native, described this apartment as the first space she is really proud to share—one that really reflects her and her husband Adam's style.
Adam's a busy business owner, too; he's a founding partner at Den Hospitality, co-founder and creative director at Front of House Creative, and co-owns The Garret bar. As a successful entrepreneur in the business of beauty and wellness, it's probably not surprising to learn Cyndi has a lot of beauty and wellness products around the home. At 600 square feet, their apartment isn't tiny, but it's small enough that they had to be intentional with how they use and arrange the apartment. The couple hired professional organizer Liberate Your Space to help manage all the stuff—clever solutions like a shoe wall, designated sections for all the beauty and wellness products, and a thoughtfully designed closet keep the apartment running smoothly.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic, relaxing, and functional.
Inspiration: Our businesses! Chillhouse meets The Garret.
Favorite Element: Our bed.
Biggest Challenge: Organization! We're certainly not minimalists but we hate clutter, so organizing the apartment in a way where it's aesthetically pleasing and practical was our number one challenge. We worked with an amazing service called Liberate Your Space who helped us get the apartment to tip-top organizational shape. Our professional organizer, plus so many great new shelving and storage units from CB2 have legit saved us.
What Friends Say: So cozy, so chill!
Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen. We live in a new building that has a pretty straightforward layout and very little character. While the kitchen is pretty badass for NYC standards, we're unable to fully make it our own due to the surfaces. Plus, our fridge is always pretty empty.
Proudest DIY: Our dining room table. We had size restrictions for dining and literally no home retailer had the table we needed, so we turned to a buddy who has helped us with furniture at our bars and sent him some design direction. He built it in a week. It's one of our favorite pieces yet.
Biggest Indulgence: Our couch from CB2! We really wanted a piece that was striking but also comfortable enough to lounge in.
Best Advice: A clean and organized home is a happy home. The ultimate gift you can give to yourself is a home you're truly excited to come home to. As my brilliant managing editor at The Chill Times wrote: There's no home without me.
Dream Sources: For functional pieces I love a retailer I can trust that will have what I want, CB2. For home decor chicness, Casa Shop. For dream furniture that I can't afford but hope to one day, Coming Soon. For feminine items, Adaptations. For masculine items that I too will love, Porter James.
Dresser — CB2
"just chillin" — Custom basket
Rug — CB2
Bed — CB2
Images above the bed — The horns is a print from Sayulita that Adam got for me, the leg print is an image from a shoot I directed. Those are my legs, and the illustration is custom from our wedding. The artist is Petra Eriksson.
Artwork leading into bedroom — Adam's sister's boyfriend's brother is an artist, Jose Amaldonado
Backgammon board — Purchased at Adaptations, but it's vintage
Glass spiral — One-of-a-kind from Casa Shop
Candles — Palo Santo & Chill candle and The Wake & Bake candle
Couch — CB2
Burnt orange chair — CB2,
Candle wick trimmer — Chillhouse,
Wall art — (Blue woman, black and white bums, Blue waves
Bookshelf — CB2
Coffee table — Urban Outfitters (no longer available)
Dining table — Custom by William Fegan
Thanks, Cyndi and Adam!
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